The Full Force Podcast Series 3 Episode 0 is now online!

The guys at the Full Force have officially kicked off their third series with a HUGE episode featuring news, figure reviews and talk with the Boss Fight folks.  This one is a good one, so check it out at the Podbean site, or embedded below.

I bet you didn’t think they would last this long!! Series 3 comes flying in with tons of news from Justin Bell, Sgt. Slammer gets highlighted in both the figure review and in Boss Fight Builds courtesy of Erik Arana and we have a new segment entitled, ‘General’s Joe and Tell’!! It’s full of beans this one so sit back, relax and then do the opposite of that as you listen to three men with serious issues!! Oh and there’s a new theme tune……FULL FORCE!!!

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Kokomo Toys and All the Cool Stuff Exclusive Vitruvian HACKS “Amazon” now available!

It’s always a great day when more Vitruvian HACKS figures are available for sale!

The folks over at Kokomo Toys have announced that their exclusive Amazon “Elite Warrior” figure is now up for sale and available for shipping in their eBay Store!

Anyone who pre-ordered the figure should be getting shipping notices shortly, and meanwhile it’s also been posted up in their eBay Store as well.

This is an exclusive deco and the first time the Amazon has been available for immediate sale!

Go get it!

Eagle Force Returns debuts more designs at Wondercon

Over on the west coast, Wondercon is happening now and Fresh Monkey Fiction is making an appearance, revealing two more exciting Eagle Force figures leading up their Kickstarter!

The Eagle Force trooper and RIOT operative “Fireball” have been shown, along with an actual test shot of Captain Eagle and a nice sampling of promotional material.  Check out the Eagle Force Returns page for details, and I’ve mirrored a few images below.

To date we have seen five different reveals for upcoming figures, including Captain Eagle, Stryker, Jr., and the Eagle Force Trooper on the good side, with Fireball and RIOT Commando on the bad side.  To play a little “catch up” here are all the official reveals to date (beyond concept art):

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m getting pretty excited to see these take shape.  Keep watching Eagle Force Returns on Facebook for the latest!

On the eve of G.I. Joe Club Registration – Club hits landmark numbers

Yes, I reported on Wednesday that the G.I. Joe Collectors Club would be accepting new members until the end of the day on March 16th, as they have every year.

However, they announced that this year they were expanding the deadline, and you now have until midnight TONIGHT to get your memberships in for 2016!  This will be the best way to get your hands on the 2016 incentive figures, Pythona or the 12″ Mike Power.

Apparently these two figures are in hot demand, as the Collectors Club announced today that they have reached a landmark number for memberships, their highest active member group ever.  Pretty exciting, and testament to the great looking exclusive figures that they’re giving away this year.

If you haven’t joined yet, you’ve got a small window of time, don’t lose out!  Hit up GIJoeClub.com and a hearty congrats to the Club on this great milestone.

Last chance for G.I. Joe Collectors Club membership – Ends TONIGHT

So it’s March 16th, and for the past several years that’s meant the cut off for signing up for the annual membership to the G.I. Joe Collectors Club.  This year is no different (though next year is looking drastically different).

One major difference, though, is that this year the Collectors Club is offering up Pythona as the incentive figure for signing up!  This is HUGE.  Pythona has been a long in demand figure since her first appearance in the 1987 G.I. Joe animated film and to celebrate the final sign up day, they’ve released some awesome new images of the upcoming figure over on their Facebook page.

I love that you can detach her ponytail to put the hood over her head, and I’m really pleasantly surprised at how effective the figure looks with paint deco representing the raised pattern of her uniform.  The new head, hands, and upper torso definitely help as well.

Check out the images below, and if you want this figure, I strongly recommend joining the Collectors Club!  After 2016 is over, I suspect this figure will be in MAJOR demand and will be very difficult to come by.

Share your opinion with Hasbro on the future of G.I. Joe Conventions

A few days ago we started a little social media firestorm when it became evident that once Hasbro terminates their agreement with Fun Publications at the end of 2016, the future of our beloved annual G.I. Joe Conventions could definitely be in jeopardy.

Here we are, a little while later, and this certainly still seems to be the case, with the G.I. Joe Collectors Club even posting a “farewell” via their Facebook page.

Late last night, a petition was posted on Change.org asking G.I. Joe fans to throw some vocal support to the Save G.I. Joe campaign, and I would encourage anyone who has enjoyed the G.I. Joe Convention to do the same.  Hasbro needs to know there’s an audience out there who wants these to continue!

Check out the survey on Change.org and let your voice be heard!

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Eagle Force gets their enemy for upcoming Kickstarter

The Fresh Monkey Fiction Eagle Force reveals continue today with a fantastic look at the color render of the RIOT Trooper over on HISSTank.com!

If these first two figures are any indication, I will be looking for a way to funnel some serious cake towards this Kickstarter when it pops up this summer.  Hot stuff!  I love the design of the mask and the armored vest looks really, really cool.

Check out the mirrored image below or over at HISSTank.com.  Also keep watching the Eagle Force Returns Facebook page for the latest info and reveals!

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Exclusive – First look at full color render of Eagle Force Captain Eagle

Debuting everywhere tomorrow, but with a special sneak peek here at GeneralsJoes, Fresh Monkey Fiction has revealed their first color 3D render of the upcoming Captain Eagle, commander of Eagle Force!

Looking to launch the Kickstarter this summer, Fresh Monkey Fiction is working to bring Eagle Force to the modern collector of 1:18 scale military figures, and it looks like they’re off to a really great start.

Check out the image below and keep watching Eagle Force Returns for the latest updates!  Big thanks to Fresh Monkey Fiction for letting me reveal this exciting news!

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It’s Official – Transformers Collectors Club to move on from Fun Pub, G.I. Joe’s future uncertain

I think “uncertain” is putting it kindly.

Brian Savage from Fun Publications sent out a pair of emails tonight on the subject of BotCon and JoeCon, each email serving a couple of purposes.  There were some updates on the respective conventions in each message, but most importantly, he appeared to take an opportunity to thank the communities and say “good-bye” signaling the first official confirmation that Hasbro appears to be moving away from Fun Publications for their Collectors Club and Convention licensees.

However, sharp eyed readers might have noticed a distinct difference in the two emails.

While the Transformers oriented email contains the following text:

“All memberships will end December 31, 2016.  Hasbro looks forward to sharing new plans for the Collector’s Club with you in the future.”

Meanwhile, the G.I. Joe one has the following:

“All memberships will end December 31, 2016.”

Yeah, that’s it.

Nothing about any kind of Hasbro announcement or any sort of indication of future events to celebrate the G.I. Joe brand.  Some might say that’s a sign of bad things to come, but I think the G.I. Joe community really needs to take this as an opportunity.  We need to show that we really want some kind of G.I. Joe Club or Convention representation.  We need to prove to Hasbro that our fandom counts, too, even though we don’t love a billion dollar franchise like Transformers.

The fact is, Hasbro would not exist as a company right now if not for G.I. Joe.  Do they owe us something?  Of course not.  But I feel like they owe the BRAND something, and for once maybe we should look past simply the bottom line and do something for the fans who have supported them for not just years, but decades.

Let Hasbro know how you feel.  Write them a letter:

Hasbro, Inc.
1027 Newport Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02862.

Ping them on Twitter.

Most important thing is to BE RESPECTFUL, but I think it’s pretty clear to me that Hasbro at large doesn’t think G.I. Joe is even worth considering the future of, and that doesn’t sit well with me.  Hopefully I’m not alone.

I have hundreds of friends in the G.I. Joe community that I would have never met without JoeCon.  This isn’t just about toys, it’s about friends, family, and a little bit of joy in our lives.  It’s just one small weekend a year where we ask that G.I. Joe maybe be one of the priorities for a change.  I don’t think that’s too much to ask, but we need to convince Hasbro of this fact.

It’s on us.  However you can do it, DO IT.  It’s evident from that email above that plans don’t appear to be set in stone for 2017 for the G.I. Joe side of the house.  We may be able to change some minds.  If you’re passionate about it, do something about it.  I know I will.  Let’s try to come together on this!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club rounds of Con reveals with Static Line!

Today the Collectors Club has posted their last 2016 G.I. Joe Convention reveal with none other than Static Line from Sky Patrol!

A fantastic looking figure with a nice new head and great parts formula.  It would have been nice for the helmet to be removable, but even as it stands, the figure is really impressive.  Check out GIJoeCon.com or take a peek at the mirrored image below.

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